Needles were once made of bone,
Bone needles Museum Dorestad
antler or ivory and thread was made of sinew, and veins. And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife, Genesis 3:21.
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Painting by Benjamin West, 1791
He must have used something for needle and thread and so they learned to sew.
The art of sewing, attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. It is the oldest textile art.
The first functional sewing machine was invented by Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830
Sewing machines were not invented until the 19th century so all sewing was done by hand. Every lace trimmed, jewel encrusted, smocked and pleated dress in the court of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette, Versailles, France by Heinrich Lossow
was sewn by hand. Every tunic, codpiece and breeches worn by Henry VIII
Hans Holbein, Portrait of Henry VIII
was sewn by hand.
Every quilt my granny made, every button my mom sewed was done by hand.
This week enjoy Sewing Up Art.